BS in Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is one of two BS degree programs offered by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. As a student in this program, you will begin by learning the fundamentals of physical sciences, mathematics, and basic engineering skills. These foundations will then allow you to acquire discipline-specific knowledge and skills in electronics, electro-physics, electromagnetics, signals and systems, digital systems, and computer systems.

In addition to the core curriculum, you will have the opportunity to choose from technical electives that provide specialization in fields such as energy systems, microcontrollers, communications, signal processing, control systems, solid-state devices, materials, photonics, circuit design, computer systems, software, and areas in which our faculty are leading researchers. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to develop written and oral communication skills, ethics and professionalism, and a sense of how society and electrical engineering are interconnected.

Design is integrated throughout the curriculum, providing an important infrastructure to the program. During your senior year as an electrical engineering student, you will join computer engineering students in a year-long, department-wide capstone design project that draws upon the skills learned in all your previous years of study. Structured to resemble a real engineering company, the capstone project class requires students to design a product to meet customer needs and specifications. Design teams are responsible for product conception, development, testing, and construction, as well as budget management, oral presentations, and documentation.

Graduates of the Electrical Engineering BS degree program will have: 

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Electrical Engineering will ordinarily, through coursework in the major, satisfy BU Hub requirements in the areas of Quantitative Reasoning and Scientific Inquiry, as well as most of the requirements in the areas of Communication and the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of electives outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.  

Degree Requirements

A total of 131 credits is required for graduation. In addition to satisfying all BS requirements as listed below, a minimum of 48 credits of coursework must be taken at Boston University in the upper-division program. The upper-division program consists of the program requirements and program electives as listed below for the junior and senior years. BU Hub electives and writing courses (CAS WR 120 & WR 150–152) cannot be counted toward this requirement.

Required Courses 

Freshman

First Semester (16 credits)

  • CAS CH 131 General Chemistry (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 123 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 120 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 100 Freshman Advising Seminar
  • ENG EK 125 Introduction to Programming for Engineers (4 cr)

Second Semester (17 credits)

  • CAS MA 124 Calculus II (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 211 Physics I (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 or WR 151 or WR 152 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 131 Introduction to Engineering (2 cr)
  • ENG EK 103 Computational Linear Algebra (3 cr)

Sophomore

First Semester (18 credits)

  • CAS MA 225 Multivariate Calculus (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 212 Physics II (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 307 Electric Circuits (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 210 Introduction to Engineering Design (2 cr)
  • BU Hub requirement(s) outside the major (4 cr)

Second Semester (16 credits)

  • CAS MA 226 Differential Equations (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 313 Waves & modern Physics (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 301 Engineering Mechanics I (4 cr)
  • BU Hub requirement(s) outside the major (4 cr)

Junior

First Semester (16 credits)

  • ENG EC 311 Introduction to Logic Design (4 cr)
  • ENG EC 401 Signals and Systems (4 cr)
  • ENG EC 410 Introduction to Electronics (4 cr)
  • ENG EC 455 Electromagnetic Systems I (4 cr)

Second Semester (16 credits)

  • ENG EK 381 ENG EK 381 Probability, Statistics, and Data Science for Engineers (4 cr)
  • Electronics elective (4 cr)
  • Electrophysics elective (4 cr)
  • Systems elective (4 cr)

Senior

First Semester (16 credits)

  • ENG EC 463 465 Senior Design Project I (4 cr)
  • Computer elective (4 cr)
  • Technical elective (4 cr)
  • BU Hub requirement(s) outside the major (4 cr)

Second Semester (16 credits)

  • ENG EC 464 Senior Design Project II (4 cr)
  • Technical elective (4 cr)
  • Technical elective (4 cr)
  • BU Hub requirement(s) outside the major (4 cr)